IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With inclement weather making headlines in many parts of the country, new-car shoppers would be wise to consider the variety of options in the 10 Best Cars for Winter list by the expert editors of Kelley Blue Book www.kbb.com, the leading provider of new and used car information.
The days are still short, the nights are cold and the chances of encountering rain, snow, sleet or some other form of weather-related treachery during the course of any daily drive are at their peak. To help new-car shoppers ponder the possibilities most befitting of the season, KBB.com's editors put together a list of the 10 Best Cars for Winter, featuring hand-selected new 2013 model-year vehicles that are best equipped to battle all that the season can throw at us.
"Whether your daily commute involves difficult winter-weather driving conditions or you live for weekends on the slopes, KBB.com's list of the 10 Best Cars for Winter highlights our picks for the top snow- and ski-ready new-vehicle standouts," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director for Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com. "Certainly, the availability of robust all-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive systems is part of the overall equation, but each of the vehicles on our list also possesses a variety of other attributes that make it an excellent choice to negotiate winter weather."
Sample Selection of KBB.com's 2013 List of the 10 Best Cars for Winter
2013 Audi Allroad
Returning to the U.S. after a seven-model-year hiatus, the 2013 Audi Allroad lives up to its name by combining Quattro all-wheel drive and extra ground clearance with a lower center of gravity than similarly sized crossovers. With a turbocharged engine and leather as buttery as its 8-speed transmission, the Audi Allroad is one haute hauler.
2013 Subaru Outback
Not all all-wheel drive systems are created equal. Subaru's symmetrical all-wheel-drive system has an almost uncanny ability to find grip in the slick, which is why you can't throw a snowball without hitting a Subaru. The Outback wagon further benefits from its desirable mix of sedan-like agility and SUV-like cargo room.
2013 Ferrari FF
A four-wheel-drive Ferrari may sound as odd as a two-door Ferrari wagon, but the FF succeeds as both. With seating for four, tremendous traction and a top speed of 208 mph, the $300,000 FF will whisk you to the ski chalet in record time.
2013 Ford Fusion
A midsize sedan isn't the first car that comes to mind when thinking of the best ways to navigate slippery asphalt, but the 2013 Ford Fusion is available with an all-wheel-drive ace up its sleeve. Providing year-round traction along with a commanding, SUV-like view of the road ahead, the Ford Fusion AWD is easily one of the most adaptable sedans on the market.
2013 Toyota Sienna AWD
Most minivans deliver people-moving power and general utility to the nth degree, but when it comes to all-weather capability, the Toyota Sienna reigns supreme. As the only vehicle in the segment able to send power to all four wheels, the Sienna is the exclusive choice for family-minded car shoppers who need their practicality mixed with all-season versatility.
To see KBB.com's full list of the 10 Best Cars for Winter for 2013, please visit http://www.kbb.com/car-reviews-and-news/top-10/best-winter-cars-2013/.
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